Wright State University’s Medical Laboratory Science program, which produces graduates who provide physicians with accurate lab results vital to patient diagnosis and treatment, has earned a 10-year re-accreditation.
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences awarded the accreditation through October 2030 following a review of a self-study report in 2019 and a site visit to Wright State last spring.
Amy Wissman, director of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) in the College of Science and Mathematics, said the accreditation signifies that the program meets rigorous standards required for a graduate to sit for national certification exams.
“The accreditation also requires programs to meet standards for resources such as physical, financial and qualified personnel, and the program must demonstrate continuous quality assessment and measurable outcomes such as certification pass rate, graduation rate and job placement,” said Wissman. “The curriculum includes didactic coursework and clinical rotations at affiliated labs in our region.”
Wright State’s program has a history of producing well-rounded medical laboratorians who are prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation. Students who are successful in the program and profession are academically strong, especially in rigorous science courses, detail-oriented, ethical, organized and have good manual dexterity and fine motor skills.
Wissman applauded the efforts of Laura Rouhana, the program’s clinical coordinator, who teaches in the program and coordinates student rotations, and Vicki Studebaker, an adjunct faculty member in biological sciences, who assists the program.
“The program is further strengthened by its important partnership with the regional community clinical laboratories that provide clinical rotations for the students and by all the valued MLS instructors from these labs that teach their area of expertise to our students,” said Wissman.
The Medical Laboratory Science bachelor’s degree program is a 3+1 medical laboratory curriculum that includes three years of requisite coursework and a one-year program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Students with a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or microbiology may be eligible to apply to the Medical Laboratory Science Clinical Year program as an undergraduate certificate. Since the Medical Laboratory Science Clinical Year program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, graduates meet the educational requirements to take the certification exam maintained by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification.